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Good Day on Saturday, 11 September - A Day of Remembrance

Sep 10, 2021 - 9:53:52 PM
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Paul R

Canada

15020 posts since 1/28/2010

Good dark and early morning from Kingston, Ontario, It's currently 15C and will go to 23C with a mix of sun and cloud. This is the twentieth anniversary of the Twin Towers tragedy. We remember the devastation, also the bravery of people on one of the other airplanes who decided that. if they were to die, they would die preventing another attack.

Still, however you choose to spend it, have yourselves a great day.

Sep 11, 2021 - 5:58:49 AM
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wizofos

USA

6146 posts since 8/19/2012

Good Morning from clear and cool North Woods. I know exactly where we were 20 years ago and did not find out about what happened until later in the afternoon PST. It was a strange time in our lives.
Have a good day and keep safe.

Sep 11, 2021 - 6:38:22 AM
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DC5

USA

20530 posts since 6/30/2015

I was at work. My wife called me and asked me if we should be worried because a plane crashed into the WTC. I thought it was a small plane, maybe a Cesna so I said no. Then she called me back and said another plane crashed into the other tower and she was going to pick up our son at school and go home. I had no idea what was going on so I did some quick searches and saw the devastation as the two towers were burning. In the days that followed the sky was clear blue with no clouds or contrails. I thought to myself, they knocked down the skyscrapers, so nothing is scraping the sky. Watching the news one night was the first time my son saw me cry, and I remembered back to the JFK assassination, which was the first time I saw my father cry. These two events are forever burned in my memory.

Sep 11, 2021 - 6:44:35 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26419 posts since 8/3/2003

I remember Dave and I watching it on TV and just holding on to each other and having a difficult time believing it was happening.

I watched some of it on TV this morning until my emotions got the better of me and I had to turn it off.

So instead, I got the banjo out and worked on some new tunes. That helped me get back in a better mood.

Sep 11, 2021 - 7:35:13 AM
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rinemb

USA

13953 posts since 5/24/2005

I met my usual lunch group for our monthly visit to the always packed Vietnamese restaurant. One of the first big screen tv's I was ever around much was ablaze with the scene. Everyone was speechless and an eerie quiet in a place always loud.
I recall the tv coverage of so many youth lining up at the recruiting stations to "sign up" for the following weeks. I was never so proud of those youth of that time.
Brad

Sep 11, 2021 - 10:03:45 AM
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heavy5

USA

1884 posts since 11/3/2016

Wife was stuck in an Arizona business trip due to groundings & we conversed a lot by phone . A very unusual scary state of life .

Sep 11, 2021 - 1:48:25 PM
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Brian T

Canada

18728 posts since 6/5/2008

I was at work. Every television in stock at Audio-Visual services was turned on.
By supper time, I just sat there watching non-stop news, incredulous that such a thing was even conceivable.

Sep 11, 2021 - 1:58:56 PM
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2407 posts since 7/20/2004

For one of the very few times, my wife and I had overslept and didn't bother to turn on the TV with our morning coffee. A very few minutes after we opened our RadioShack store for the day, before we even had time to turn on the demo sets, one of our neighbors rushed into buy a small TV, saying "one of the towers has collapsed". I assumed he meant one of the three 2000' TV towers near us. It wasn't until we got everything going that we understood what had happened. I don't think we watched anything other than CNN for the next week or two.

Sep 11, 2021 - 2:23:19 PM
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603 posts since 5/22/2021

I was not even born then, so I can't say what I feltfrown

Sep 11, 2021 - 3:11:49 PM
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58296 posts since 12/14/2005

Good afternoon from McHenry County, IL.

I remember where I was when one of my co-workers told us that got a phone call from a relative in New York.
A plane had hit the World Trade Center.
A few minutes later, another call, another plane..

Sep 11, 2021 - 7:36:04 PM

Paul R

Canada

15020 posts since 1/28/2010

I had just started at a new school. I was in class, but, at recess, I saw some of it in the staffroom. I recall telling my students what was happening. I don't know how any of us, teachers or students, could fully absorb what was happening. That evening I was taking my weekly art class. For that three hours, working away, I forgot all about it, until I stepped outside, and back to a new reality.

Sep 11, 2021 - 9:47:22 PM
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12504 posts since 1/15/2005

I was driving to one of my projects in Newport News, Virginia and I was on I-85 just north of Durham, NC. When I first heard it after the first plane hit, I had a feeling something just wasn't right. I called my wife and told her and she turned on the TV. When the second plane hit it was obvious it wasn't an accident. Later when they announced that planes were grounded, my first thought is that there were going to be a lot of people stuck in airports and that rental car agencies were going to be swamped and soon run our of vehicles. I decided that I would go by the Newport News Airport and see if anyone needed a ride to any of the cities on my way home .... Durham, Charlotte, Greenville. After thinking about it, I figured that it would be very difficult to just to walk into the airport and find people going to certain destinations, so I decided it was best just to drive home. I regret not doing it, but have no idea whether I would been successful. I do remember that all sorts of emotions ran through my mind that day and many to come .....

Sep 12, 2021 - 4:20:56 PM
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figmo59

USA

34364 posts since 3/5/2008

We were blasting a sewer trench in Norwich ct....
The athourahtys...asked us to stop n go home...
Becose people were all freaking out...

Sep 12, 2021 - 5:49:31 PM
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2438 posts since 3/29/2008

I remember coming home from school and because of the time zones I saw it happen live on the telly. I was only 7, so I obviously didn't fully understand what was happening... in fact, I think the first time I had ever heard of or seen the twin towers was as they were burning. I remember seeing the people jumping most of all... and every time I see the footage, or watch a documentary about it, that's always the thing which hits me hardest.

Sep 14, 2021 - 3:51:33 AM
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csrat

USA

871 posts since 9/14/2008

I was working at a relatively small engineering firm that had ties to the auto and aviation industries.

The IT dept head walked up to my desk and told me his wife had called to tell him a plane had flown into one of the towers. He had this look of concern on his face. He was a retired AF Colonel who served in NORAD.

I remembered that a B-25 had crashed into the Empire State building back in the 40's in the fog. I was not overly concerned. When he came back later to say another plane had hit we turned on a TV.

Work in the office came to a halt. I setup TV's all over both floors and in adjacent firms. Shortly afterwards, they sent everyone home. No one was working anyway and many women had already left the offices to collect their children.

IT set about to secure the network. We broke connections with client offices that were deemed as "low security". I shut down the networks at our two offices outside the US remotely after dispatching emails for them to stop all communications and perform full, onsite backups. All satellite offices were ordered to backup their servers and we at the head end of the network did the same. Our mainframe responded to our activities by executing a protocol titled "paperweight". It severed all connections and shutdown. Couldn't touch it, hence the name "paperweight". Would've been nice to know that was going to happen before hand.

I finally left the office that evening with a hardened pager. Wife and kids were confused but not worried. Until then I hadn't a chance to think about what had happened.

The next morning, got to work an hour early. Began the work of restarting various systems and bringing the network back to status. I realized the attack had worked. They scared the bejeszus out of us. Security became a whole new priority.

Sep 14, 2021 - 4:22:20 AM
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1314 posts since 9/6/2019

I was sitting on position at RAF Mildenhall England. We got a pop up across our computer screen saying that a plane had hit the towers. At first we were all thinking some kind of navigation error or something like that. When the second one hit we got another pop up and then a live feed across our classified network. I called my ex-wife and told her to turn on the TV and to put my mobility bag out on the driveway because I'd probably not have long to get home and pick it up before I was on the next plane to a large beach with no water. I was only half wrong. The next day I was sitting in Souda Bay Crete catching and turning the intel planes that were heading out to the middle east. After they were sent forward we started analyzing data and building target sets.

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